2021 ICD-10-CM Code G81.9

Hemiplegia, unspecified

Version 2021

Not Valid for Submission

G81.9 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of hemiplegia, unspecified. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like G81.9 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:G81.9
Short Description:Hemiplegia, unspecified
Long Description:Hemiplegia, unspecified

Code Classification

Specific Coding for Hemiplegia, unspecified

Non-specific codes like G81.9 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for hemiplegia, unspecified:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G81.90 for Hemiplegia, unspecified affecting unspecified side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G81.91 for Hemiplegia, unspecified affecting right dominant side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G81.92 for Hemiplegia, unspecified affecting left dominant side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G81.93 for Hemiplegia, unspecified affecting right nondominant side
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use G81.94 for Hemiplegia, unspecified affecting left nondominant side

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code G81.9 are found in the index:

Clinical Information

Information for Patients


Paralysis

Also called: Hemiplegia, Palsy, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia

Paralysis is the loss of muscle function in part of your body. It happens when something goes wrong with the way messages pass between your brain and muscles. Paralysis can be complete or partial. It can occur on one or both sides of your body. It can also occur in just one area, or it can be widespread. Paralysis of the lower half of your body, including both legs, is called paraplegia. Paralysis of the arms and legs is quadriplegia.

Most paralysis is due to strokes or injuries such as spinal cord injury or a broken neck. Other causes of paralysis include

Polio used to be a cause of paralysis, but polio no longer occurs in the U.S.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)